Canon Rebel T3....is it too big and bulky?

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Canon Rebel T3....is it too big and bulky?

So I just bought a Canon Rebel T3 yesterday and i'm already second guessing myself confused I usually use my Canon Power Shot point and shoot but I hate having to dig in my bag to find it when I want to take a picture. I'm afraid it will fall out of my pocket or something if i keep it there. I love the look of my Rebel and the fact that it has a neck strap but i'm starting to question if it is just too much camera for me to lug around the parks.
Does anyone else have a Rebel or a similuar sized camera? How do you find carrying it around the parks? Is it bulky and heavy?

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I have a T2i which is about the same size and find it to be a nice size to bring places as is without any extras. I haven't brought it to the parks yet but I used to bring my old film SLR with an extra lens in a small backpack which worked out fine since I carry a bag anyways. In Cuba, I just used my kit lens for versatility and not carrying a bag. It worked well and it was easy to manage. This trip I am leaving it at home as I would rather focus on rides. My iPhone will work just fine for the few times anyone else else around with their DSLRs

My boyfriend is bringing his 7D which is much bigger and a lot heavier. Plus he'll bring a couple of lenses in a sling camera pack from Crumpler. It would be too heavy for me but with the right bag, he finds it to be perfect. His brother has the 60D and a few lenses in a messenger bag from Timbuk2 that is harder to carry in my opinion but he manages just fine.

In the end, I think with the right bag and knowing what you are comfortable carrying, you'll adjust quickly and appreciate having an SLR rather than a Point and Shoot.

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I have a Canon Rebel XTi. Is it bulky? Yes. Is it worth it? YES! I even have a HUGE lens on it that weighs more than the camera. After 4 straight years to Disney... Last year I didnt take it all the time. I only take it now when I want something specific because my iPhone 4 can take pretty good pics in the day. Like last year we made it a point to take our daughter to her favorite Princess's, so when days we had that like to Epcot, and Magic Kingdom... I took it. Or visiting a new area, like Board Walk and such...

This November... ill still be taking it, but we may plan a couple "Family Pictures" and will use it for that. Other than that... dont have too much purpose for it.

So... my recommendation for you is... take it. Go camera crazy! But you will notice when you dont really need it sooner or later.

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I can't image going to the park without my Canon 50D. During our WDW trip I had my Canon as well as my Olympus point and shoot. I like to have the small Olympus for regular snapshots, sometimes that is the only way I end up in pictures, but my Canon does all the art shots.
This might sound terrible but I carry mine in my purse, it has good enough bulk to feel like it is safe. Even if I don't end up using it I like to have it just in case. I think it will be up to you to decide if the added weight is worth it, I think it is.

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Okay, how the heck are you all getting decent pictures with your iPhone? Mine ALWAYS end up with a slight blur. They look good enough on the phone, but when I get them into iPhoto, there's a blur. It drives me NUTS! I try to touch the button so softly but no matter what I do it blurs! In Disneyland last month I started resting it against things (trash cans, poles, tall scenery, fences) just so I could get a decent picture to tweet!

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I own an Olympus E520 DSLR that is rather on the large side and couldn't stand to wear it around my neck with the usual neck strap that all camera mfgs. supply. But then my camera shop owning friend suggested I try a new camera strap called a BlackRapid RS5 camera strap and that I might like it. I bought one and I muchlove it, it is not like any camera strap you have tried, the camera literally hangs to your side upside down out of the way and available to be used instantly and can be securely put in your lap when seated on a ride. Try googling BlackRapid and check out their RS5 cargo strap I really don't mind bringing my camera anywhere and I am looking forward to bringing it on my upcoming CA trip.

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Kristen K. wrote:
Okay, how the heck are you all getting decent pictures with your iPhone? Mine ALWAYS end up with a slight blur. They look good enough on the phone, but when I get them into iPhoto, there's a blur. It drives me NUTS! I try to touch the button so softly but no matter what I do it blurs! In Disneyland last month I started resting it against things (trash cans, poles, tall scenery, fences) just so I could get a decent picture to tweet!

Do you have HDR on? That will create a blur if there is movement? Ive learned to take the HDR off unless im taking a still photo that I know isnt moving.

These are all with my iPhone 4 with HDR off...

It does much better in the day... but the Ball came out real nice for it being a dark picture.

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I have a T3i with and extra telephoto lens that I carry in a medium size backpack to the parks. It's not to heavy or bulky for me and I realy like the pictures than the point and shoot cameras I have taken before. Three trips so far to the world with the T3i and I won't be leaving it at home for the December trip this year either.

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Here a a few pics from my T3i from this past april. I halfed the resolutions size with Irfanview software, saved a second copy to upload to get under the 5mb size restriction.

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These are all taken with my Iphone. I don't really have a problem, and I never have the HDR on. I do not like to use the flash with the Iphone though, it always washes the photo out.

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Huh... Maybe I have the HDR on. I'll give turning that off a try and see if it makes me happier with the shots I get! Thanks guys!

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Thanks for the advice Smile It seems a bit big for me but from the comments and pictures i'm sure i can get used to it! Especially those night pics. My never turn out very good. Especially the ones from MVMCP. Hopefully I can get some good shots this time around biggrin

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Spook wrote:
Thanks for the advice Smile It seems a bit big for me but from the comments and pictures i'm sure i can get used to it! Especially those night pics. My never turn out very good. Especially the ones from MVMCP. Hopefully I can get some good shots this time around biggrin

My t2i has a setting just for night that I love.

Here are a few links for learning some of the cool features. Hope they help

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http://lifehacker.com/111162/how-to-use-a-digital-slr-camera
http://lifehacker.com/323605/master-your-dslr-camera-part-1-program-mode
http://digital-photography-school.com/got-a-digital-camera-for-christmas-learn-how-to-use-it-here

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dontthrowsand wrote:
Spook wrote:
Thanks for the advice Smile It seems a bit big for me but from the comments and pictures i'm sure i can get used to it! Especially those night pics. My never turn out very good. Especially the ones from MVMCP. Hopefully I can get some good shots this time around biggrin

My t2i has a setting just for night that I love.

Here are a few links for learning some of the cool features. Hope they help

[url][/url]
http://lifehacker.com/111162/how-to-use-a-digital-slr-camera
http://lifehacker.com/323605/master-your-dslr-camera-part-1-program-mode
http://digital-photography-school.com/got-a-digital-camera-for-christmas-learn-how-to-use-it-here

Wow.... thank you for this. Im going to have to check it out when I get home since I don't have my camera at work.

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